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Old 05-11-2012, 01:24 AM   #1
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After a few months of trying and testing different OSes for my NES-PC project, I have finally settled on an OS that meets my needs and wants for the project... As you probably guessed it's XBMCbuntu... I tried using other distros with XBMC installed but I like the interface and the way XMBC is integrated into the distro.

As you probably guessed as well... I am having a slight issue... Everything is working beautifully, but I have no sound.

I spent half the night google searching for solutions, but I can only find solutions for Intel HDA, not AMD (ALC892) HD.

Motherboard -- ASUS E35M1-I Deluxe

Code:
nes@NES:$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
ALSA lib conf.c:1219:(parse_def) default is not a compound
ALSA lib conf.c:1865:(snd_config_load1) _toplevel_:1:13:Invalid argument
ALSA lib conf.c:3467:(snd_config_hook_load) /home/nes/.asoundrc may be old or corrupted: consider to remove or fix it
ALSA lib conf.c:3326:(snd_config_hook_call) function snd_config_hook_load returned error: invalid argument
ALSA lib conf.c:3713:(snd_config_update_r) hooks failed, removing configuration
aplay: device_list:249: control open (1): invalid argument

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Hi GZ,

I'm not sure if you have tried this but you i think you might have to add the ALSA drivers in to your installation. I'll give you a link that shows you how to do that if you haven't already done so.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Audio/Instal...aDriverModules

I'd maybe go the synaptic package manager route first before the terminal.

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Looks like .asoundrc is corrupted.

Please post the output of

uname -a

head -n 1 /proc/asound/card*/codec#*

cat /home/nes/.asoundrc


asound -l

Should return a list of output devices, in your case something is not right.
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Hi GZ,

I'm not sure if you have tried this but you i think you might have to add the ALSA drivers in to your installation. I'll give you a link that shows you how to do that if you haven't already done so.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Audio/Instal...aDriverModules

I'd maybe go the synaptic package manager route first before the terminal.

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No luck... Updated, removed, installed, installed pulseaudio... nothing...

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Looks like .asoundrc is corrupted.

Please post the output of

uname -a

head -n 1 /proc/asound/card*/codec#*

cat /home/nes/.asoundrc


asound -l

Should return a list of output devices, in your case something is not right.
Code:
nes@NES~$ uname -a
Linux NES 3.0.0-19-generic-pae #33-Ubuntu SMP Thu Apr 19 20:59:10 UTC 2012 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
Code:
nes@NES~$ head -n 1 /proc/asound/card*/codec#*
head: 1/proc/asound/card*/codec#: invalid number of lines
As for the last command... This distro uses Open Box and xterm... I can't seem to "copy" terminal text... There is too much info to type by hand so I copied the contents of the .asoundrc file...

Code:
pcm.default {
	type plug
	slave {
		pcm 'hw:0,3'
		rate 48000
	}
}
state.Generic {
	control.1 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'IEC958 Playback Con Mask'
		value '0fff000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000'
		comment {
			access read
			type IEC958
			count 1
		}
	}
	control.2 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'IEC958 Playback Pro Mask'
		value '0f00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000'
		comment {
			access read
			type IEC958
			count 1
		}
	}
	control.3 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'IEC958 Playback Default'
		value '0400000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000'
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type IEC958
			count 1
		}
	}
	control.4 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'IEC958 Playback Switch'
		value true
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 1
		}
	}
}
state.SB {
	control.1 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Channel Mode'
		value '2ch'
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type ENUMERATED
			count 1
			item.0 '2ch'
			item.1 '4ch'
			item.2 '6ch'
		}
	}
	control.2 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Front Playback Volume'
		value.0 64
		value.1 64
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 2
			range '0 - 64'
			dbmin -6400
			dbmax 0
			dbvalue.0 0
			dbvalue.1 0
		}
	}
	control.3 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Front Playback Switch'
		value.0 true
		value.1 true
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 2
		}
	}
	control.4 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Surround Playback Volume'
		value.0 64
		value.1 64
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 2
			range '0 - 64'
			dbmin -6400
			dbmax 0
			dbvalue.0 0
			dbvalue.1 0
		}
	}
	control.5 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Surround Playback Switch'
		value.0 true
		value.1 true
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 2
		}
	}
	control.6 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Center Playback Volume'
		value 64
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 1
			range '0 - 64'
			dbmin -6400
			dbmax 0
			dbvalue.0 0
		}
	}
	control.7 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'LFE Playback Volume'
		value 64
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 1
			range '0 - 64'
			dbmin -6400
			dbmax 0
			dbvalue.0 0
		}
	}
	control.8 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Center Playback Switch'
		value true
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 1
		}
	}
	control.9 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'LFE Playback Switch'
		value true
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 1
		}
	}
	control.10 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Headphone Playback Volume'
		value.0 64
		value.1 64
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 2
			range '0 - 64'
			dbmin -6400
			dbmax 0
			dbvalue.0 0
			dbvalue.1 0
		}
	}
	control.11 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Headphone Playback Switch'
		value.0 true
		value.1 true
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 2
		}
	}
	control.12 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Rear Mic Playback Volume'
		value.0 0
		value.1 0
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 2
			range '0 - 31'
			dbmin -3450
			dbmax 1200
			dbvalue.0 -3450
			dbvalue.1 -3450
		}
	}
	control.13 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Rear Mic Playback Switch'
		value.0 false
		value.1 false
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 2
		}
	}
	control.14 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Front Mic Playback Volume'
		value.0 0
		value.1 0
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 2
			range '0 - 31'
			dbmin -3450
			dbmax 1200
			dbvalue.0 -3450
			dbvalue.1 -3450
		}
	}
	control.15 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Front Mic Playback Switch'
		value.0 false
		value.1 false
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 2
		}
	}
	control.16 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Line Playback Volume'
		value.0 0
		value.1 0
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 2
			range '0 - 31'
			dbmin -3450
			dbmax 1200
			dbvalue.0 -3450
			dbvalue.1 -3450
		}
	}
	control.17 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Line Playback Switch'
		value.0 false
		value.1 false
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 2
		}
	}
	control.18 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Rear Mic Boost Volume'
		value.0 0
		value.1 0
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 2
			range '0 - 3'
			dbmin 0
			dbmax 3000
			dbvalue.0 0
			dbvalue.1 0
		}
	}
	control.19 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Front Mic Boost Volume'
		value.0 0
		value.1 0
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 2
			range '0 - 3'
			dbmin 0
			dbmax 3000
			dbvalue.0 0
			dbvalue.1 0
		}
	}
	control.20 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Auto-Mute Mode'
		value Enabled
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type ENUMERATED
			count 1
			item.0 Disabled
			item.1 Enabled
		}
	}
	control.21 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Capture Switch'
		value.0 true
		value.1 true
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 2
		}
	}
	control.22 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Capture Switch'
		index 1
		value.0 false
		value.1 false
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 2
		}
	}
	control.23 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Capture Volume'
		value.0 28
		value.1 28
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 2
			range '0 - 46'
			dbmin -1600
			dbmax 3000
			dbvalue.0 1200
			dbvalue.1 1200
		}
	}
	control.24 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Capture Volume'
		index 1
		value.0 0
		value.1 0
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 2
			range '0 - 46'
			dbmin -1600
			dbmax 3000
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			dbvalue.1 -1600
		}
	}
	control.25 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Input Source'
		value 'Rear Mic'
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type ENUMERATED
			count 1
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			item.1 'Front Mic'
			item.2 Line
		}
	}
	control.26 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Input Source'
		index 1
		value 'Rear Mic'
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type ENUMERATED
			count 1
			item.0 'Rear Mic'
			item.1 'Front Mic'
			item.2 Line
		}
	}
	control.27 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'IEC958 Playback Con Mask'
		value '0fff000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000'
		comment {
			access read
			type IEC958
			count 1
		}
	}
	control.28 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'IEC958 Playback Pro Mask'
		value '0f00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000'
		comment {
			access read
			type IEC958
			count 1
		}
	}
	control.29 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'IEC958 Playback Default'
		value '0400000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000'
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type IEC958
			count 1
		}
	}
	control.30 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'IEC958 Playback Switch'
		value true
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 1
		}
	}
	control.31 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'IEC958 Default PCM Playback Switch'
		value true
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 1
		}
	}
	control.32 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Master Playback Volume'
		value 44
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type INTEGER
			count 1
			range '0 - 64'
			dbmin -6400
			dbmax 0
			dbvalue.0 -2000
		}
	}
	control.33 {
		iface MIXER
		name 'Master Playback Switch'
		value true
		comment {
			access 'read write'
			type BOOLEAN
			count 1
		}
	}
}
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Sorry, there was a typo in my last command, it should correctly read:

head -n 1 /proc/asound/card*/codec*


If you can post that again please.
For reference on my PC the command shows:
[anc@orac ~]$ head -n 1 /proc/asound/card*/codec*
==> /proc/asound/card0/codec#0 <==
Codec: ATI R6xx HDMI

==> /proc/asound/card1/codec#2 <==
Codec: Realtek ALC888


The problem with Asound config is more severe. However asound is not in Ubuntu
distribution. As it is usedin XBMCubuntu I would tend to think it is brought in with Alsa suggest reinstalling Alsa.

Once reinstalled, some sound cards are muted by default so I would suggest typing

amixer -q

This will query the sound card for volume levels.

Has sound ever worked on this motherboard?
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You are going to have to wait on that one... I am currently upgrading to kernel 3.2 and Ubuntu 12.04... I figured it is worth a shot!

I already tried removing and reinstalling alsa with no luck... same aplay -l output each time.

Once this upgrade is complete I will post back.

Yes, the sound has always worked...

Windows XP
Windows 7
Windows 8 Developer Preview
Fedora 16
Ubuntu 12.04
Mint 12

So far, this is the only OS / Distro that it has not worked on.
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It's got to be a driver issue of some sort then. Is Xbmcbuntu a young distro? Might have a few issues needing ironed out. Have you tried their support forums incase they know anything about it?
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Actually XMBC has been around for a while... I am not sure about the Ubuntu fusion with it...

Most of the issues (in the support forums and otherwise) were due to HDMI issues or the Intel HDA chip...

Haven't found anything that fit my case yet..

If it wasn't for the fact my day is dedicated to cleaning, I would have a second computer set up to install XBMCbuntu on for test purposes...
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The update was a bust... all it did was break OpenBox...

Reinstalled XBMCbuntu and I am about to run "head -n 1 /proc/asound/card*/codec*"

But, just for giggles, I renamed '.asoundrc' 'asoundrc.bak' and ran aplay -l again... here is the output...

Code:
nes@NES-PC:~$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Generic [HD-Audio Generic], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
   Subdevices: 1/1
   Subdevice #0: Subdevice #0
card 1: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 0: ALC892 Analog [ALC892 Analog]
   Subdevices: 1/1
   Subdevice #0: Subdevice #0
card 1: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 1: ALC892 Digital [ALC892 Digital]
   Subdevices: 1/1
   Subdevice #0: Subdevice #0
EDIT:

Code:
nes@NES-PC:~$ head -n 1 /proc/asound/card*/codec
==> /proc/asound/card0/codec#0 <==
Codec: ATI R6xx HDMI

==> /proc/asound/card1/codec#0 <==
Codec: Realtek ALC892
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Quote:
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The update was a bust... all it did was break OpenBox...

Reinstalled XBMCbuntu and I am about to run "head -n 1 /proc/asound/card*/codec*"

But, just for giggles, I renamed '.asoundrc' 'asoundrc.bak' and ran aplay -l again... here is the output...

Code:
nes@NES-PC:~$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Generic [HD-Audio Generic], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
   Subdevices: 1/1
   Subdevice #0: Subdevice #0
card 1: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 0: ALC892 Analog [ALC892 Analog]
   Subdevices: 1/1
   Subdevice #0: Subdevice #0
card 1: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 1: ALC892 Digital [ALC892 Digital]
   Subdevices: 1/1
   Subdevice #0: Subdevice #0
EDIT:

Code:
nes@NES-PC:~$ head -n 1 /proc/asound/card*/codec
==> /proc/asound/card0/codec#0 <==
Codec: ATI R6xx HDMI

==> /proc/asound/card1/codec#0 <==
Codec: Realtek ALC892


That is looking much better now!
I have a feeling that the sound stream is being redirected to either the Analog or Digital outputs, and it will be the output that you are not using.

Let me see the mixer levels, post output of

amixer -q

Whhere are your speakers connected?
To digital S/PDIF or analog or via the HDMI lead?

I had a similar problem on my system, as my sound card contains HDMI
ausio, and some sound was being redirected to the HDMI chanel that
I dont use.

When sound was working in your original setup, did any hardware or software change?

amixer -q
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I will get you that later on... I am going to my daughter's softball game.

I am currently using the analog output. At a later date I will be using HDMI (TV)

As for hardware changes... No hardware changes...
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Quote:
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That is looking much better now!
I have a feeling that the sound stream is being redirected to either the Analog or Digital outputs, and it will be the output that you are not using.

Let me see the mixer levels, post output of

amixer -q

Whhere are your speakers connected?
To digital S/PDIF or analog or via the HDMI lead?

I had a similar problem on my system, as my sound card contains HDMI
ausio, and some sound was being redirected to the HDMI chanel that
I dont use.

When sound was working in your original setup, did any hardware or software change?

amixer -q
Code:
nes@NES-PC~$ amixer -q
Simple mixer control 'IEC958',0
    Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined penum
    Playback channels: Mono
    Mono: Playback [on]
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Quote:
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Code:
nes@NES-PC~$ amixer -q
Simple mixer control 'IEC958',0
    Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined penum
    Playback channels: Mono
    Mono: Playback [on]
That is looking like some channels are missing are muted.

Post the outputs of:

amixer controls -q
amixer scontents

I would also be tempted to try:

amixer -q set Master 50%

commands are case sensitive so master needs capital "M"
I'd then try playing some media see if anything changes.
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Code:
nes@NES-PC~$ amixer controls -q
numid=1,iface=MIXER,name=' IEC958 Playback Con Mask'
numid=2,iface=MIXER,name=' IEC958 Playback Pro Mask'
numid=3,iface=MIXER,name=' IEC958 Playback Default'
numid=4,iface=MIXER,name=' IEC958 Playback Switch'
Code:
nes@NES-PC~$ amixer scontents
Simple mixer control 'IEC958',0
    Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined penum
    Playback channels: Mono
    Mono: Playback [on]
Code:
nes@NES-PC~$ amixer -q set Master 50%
amixer: Unable to find simple control 'Master' ,0
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Update...

I managed to get the sound working by installing PulseAudio.

I am still interested in getting ALSA working, if possible. I did notice that my chip (ALC892) is not listed in the 'supported hardware' list. The closest match is ALC889.

Either way... I am happy the sound is working.



Hopefully we can get ALSA working so I have some options. I know very little about PulseAudio... I just noticed it mentioned a few times when researching ALSA... I just decided to install it to see what happens and a volume control button appeared on the taskbar.

I installed it via apt-get.
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Great that you have it working now. I use Pulse Audio on my netbook which i prefer over alsa as i had issues with it in the past as well, especially on one of my desktops using OpenSuse. I hope you can sort it out though too, it would be nice to know there is a solution out there.

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Try installing alsamixer:

sudo apt-get install alsamixer

then run it from the terminal with:

alsamixer

This may bring all controls in, its keyboard driven so use the cursor
keys to navigate the controls.

Looks a great system.
You could possibly dual boot with Linux, this way you could also
play your media files from linux distribution, even surf the net on
your TV screen (Xbmc may already do this though).
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alsamixer is already installed. The volume controls are present but max out at 0.00. No sound.

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Looks a great system.
You could possibly dual boot with Linux, this way you could also
play your media files from linux distribution, even surf the net on
your TV screen (Xbmc may already do this though).
That is the reason I chose XMBCbuntu. I have the ability to log into two DEs. Openbox and XMBCbuntu (simple desktop GUI, looks like a lightweight KDE).

I did mention I tried installing XMBC on Fedora, right? It worked, but the interface was slightly different, and I didn't have the option of booting directly into XMBC, which is important, because I plan on controlling the interface with a simple remote, eventually.

I did test sound through HDMI, but it wasn't working either. The only output that I didn't test was SPDIF, because I don't have any SPDIF audio devices. Eventually I will decide whether I will run the SPDIF to my head-unit or let it go through HDMI and the TV like I do with my XBOX.
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BTW is that the H223HQ Acer monitor that has the frooged up audio in slot rather than audio out for speakers? I've got that lying around somewhere, took me ages to figure out which cable i needed to hook up my PC to it that didn't have a HDMI slot lol.
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Nah. That monitor doesn't have audio support. I'm not sure what the model number is off hand... I can't stand the sound that comes from most monitors and prefer to have satelite speakers instead!

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